Now I know why they call New York the city that never sleeps! Wow what a buzz and impressive city is this. Early June we did go on a short trip to the USA and Canada and during this we experienced New York the first time in our life! Two days in NY, which is of course way too short for such a big city, but nevertheless we really enjoyed our time, and we did do and see a lot.
Below is a list of things we did see and we think are worth a visit on your next trip to New York:
World Trade Center & 9/11 Memorial and Museum
9/11 is still so fresh on everyone’s memory and these attacks have made such an impression on many. Once you have paid your entrance fee you are able to visit the “Freedom Tower” were you are able to get a great panoramic view over NYC and were you can see a lot of information about the 9/11 terror attacks, on the top floor you can get an impression how NYC developed over the years. At the lower level is the memorial for the 2,996 people who got killed in these terror attacks along with a museum. The museum exhibits the significance of 9/11, you can wonder around or have a guided tour for an additional fee.
Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island
Get there early, to avoid the line for the ferry from Battery Park or alternatively book a tour through the harbor. The Statue of Liberty is spectacular to see up close, and is a must to see for every tourist. We didn’t get off on Ellis Island, which I think is a shame, but we will ensure we will do this on our next visit.
It isn’t difficult to see why so many New Yorkers love Central Park, it has almost everything; footpaths, bike lines, you can row on the lakes and there is even a zoo. The park itself is massive and you can easily spend a few hours here. We did have a stroll and were surprised by the amount of newlyweds, who did have their wedding photo shoot in the park. What a fun that must be.
Empire State Building
Again, get there early to avoid lines, and if you are up for it, walk the last 5 flights of stairs to avoid lines for the lift to go up. Amazing views all round is what will be waiting for you once you do reach the top, it’s worth every cent even on a not so clear day (as we experienced).
This place has definitely a buzz, not sure though I was really comfortable with the crowd, so many people….. This is the place where I did experience my first human traffic jam! Not sure if it was due to construction works, but at 5:30 pm everybody came to a halt and it took us literally 30 minutes to walk 100 meter and to cross a road. Crazy!! Don’t forget to see time square after dark, when the lights go on this place gets really impressive.
These were our five favourite things to do in New York, I realise they are pretty standard, but what is wrong with doing the obviously touristy things on your first visit to the big apple? Have fun on your trip!